This truly seems like a question with an answer that changes as one gets older.
There was a stretch for about 12 years where I went to Montreal at least once a year. Sometimes twice. But we’d go, usually as a small group, and do what people in their 20s do in a city like Montreal.
We went to bars. We met people. We went to … clubs. It was fun and most nights were a blur. During the day, we’d explore the city (it’s truly an amazing city — I always felt like I was in Europe, but within driving distance), have good food and enjoy a few early cordials.
The stories we have from that city are best left to the memory and not a blog.
That being said, I haven’t been to Montreal since 2009. In 2010, we went on a family trip to Ireland. And since then, I’ve just not made it north of the border. I do plan on making a trip there within the next year or two, though, as I want to see it from an older set of eyes. To enjoy the food and the ambiance more.
Goodness knows I wouldn’t be able to last like I did in my 20s/early 30s!
It’s also funny because I used to hate the beach. Probably because I don’t like the heat, but for whatever reason — keep me away.
That’s changed as I’ve gotten older.
I still don’t really like to go to a beach in the middle of the summer when there are so many people. But I love to explore the beach in the fall. Sometimes you get lucky and the weather is delightful enough to act like it’s the summer.
But I’ve found I enjoy the relaxing atmospheres much more as I’ve gotten older.
For example, I almost dreaded going on a cruise a few years ago. But once on and experiencing everything, it was an absolute blast. Great food and ambiance. And the ability to sit out on a balcony for an hour before heading to bed was divine. The sound of the ship going across the water, the cool breeze, and the smell … was perfect.
Yet, I also like going away now where I can geocache or get a good hike in and things like that. I truly enjoy the more simple and serene places. In a recent geocaching trip out west (this past fall — I will eventually blog about it), I saw things I never thought about seeing when I was younger. National and state parks are places I love to explore and investigate.
Back to the question at hand — the best place to travel. I’m not sure I can answer that. I do know that you should travel to places you want to see and explore, as it will make the experiences that much better. Take chances and enjoy the ride!
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